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GRA Hiring Resources

Reference GRA Application Materials

A Reference GRA’s primary duty is to answer research-related questions while at the Law Library’s Reference Desk. GRAs are also required to complete library projects, such as creating topical research guides, grading Research Methods in Law homework, making bulletin boards, conducting research for law librarians, and writing blog posts for The Blackacre Times.

Reference GRAs are expected to assist many different types of library users, including: law students, undergraduate students, paralegals, attorneys, law and undergraduate faculty, and self-represented litigants. While the law library does provide research assistance to all of these library users, we cannot and do not offer legal advice. Rather, we direct users to resources which may provide an answer and instruct them on how to use the resource to find that answer.

Reference GRAs should be well-versed in the various types of legal resources, both print and electronic, as well as when to best use each of these tools. GRAs need to have excellent customer service skills, patience, quick thinking, and to offer a response in a timely manner. Reference GRAs often work without a supervisor present, and must be able to keep themselves on task and provide written reports to a supervisor. They should also be detail-oriented. Previous experience in a library or similar setting is a plus.

Reference GRAs work 10 hours per week (while classes are in session). GRAs should expect to complete some, if not most, of their work on evenings and weekends. For this, GRAs receive the following compensation:

  • Summer: ½ tuition waiver and $500 stipend
  • Fall/Spring: ½ tuition waiver and $1,000 stipend

The library is currently hiring three reference GRAs for the summer. To apply for the position, please send a resume, cover letter, and completed availability form to Patrick Parsons at  Make sure to include that you are applying for the reference GRA position in the subject line, and appropriately tailor your cover letter and resume to the position. Applications are due by the end of the day on Wednesday April 10.

Research GRA Application Materials

Law Library Research GRAs perform research for College of Law faculty under the supervision of the Coordinator of Faculty Services. Faculty requests for research come into the library to the Coordinator of Faculty Services, who then assigns research projects to the Research GRAs. Research GRAs work on projects requiring interdisciplinary research, including research in medical, historical, and business sources. Examples of research projects completed by Law Library Research GRAs include compiling 50-state surveys on a particular area of law, finding statistics using U.S. census data, and locating articles discussing a particular historical event. Research GRAs may also be assigned projects that support the Law Library's faculty services.

Research GRAs must be able to use print and online sources effectively in a number of disciplines, including databases such as GIL, PubMed, Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, Westlaw, Web of Science, HeinOnline, and EBSCO and ProQuest databases. Research GRAs must be detail-oriented, able to think creatively to solve research problems, and able to communicate and organize research results effectively. Research GRAs must be able to work in a collaborative team environment to complete research assignments

Research GRAs work 10 hours per week while classes are in session. Work must be completed in the library between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Research GRAs receive the following compensation:

  • Fall and Spring semesters: ½ tuition waiver and a $1,000 stipend
  • Summer semester: ½ tuition waiver and a $500 stipend

The library is currently hiring three research GRAs for Summer 2019 and 2-3 GRAs for Fall 2019. To apply for the position, please apply online via Symplicity. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10.

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